I’ve read in the papers last month how public libraries were trying to cope with the demand for the Hunger Games trilogy with 136 books in circulation in Otago and 331 reserves, meaning you have to wait easily two months to get your copy. Here are MACLIC figures, showing that the waiting times are roughly the same:

Number of copiesHeld in MACLIC How many times it has been borrowed Number of reserves on the 10th June
Hunger Games




Catching Fire








So, if you are lucky to be issued one of them, please read it steadily and return it quickly, by courtesy for those waiting. If you have one held for you (your whanau teacher will give you a blue slip), then come promptly to issue it.

While you wait or if you have finished the series and want more, here is a selection of books with a similar appeal:

TV reality books and series

  • The Real Real, by Emma McLaughlin, MCL : Meet Jesse O’Rourke, coffee barista, high school senior, and unwilling reality TV star. Enjoyed by senior girls.
  • Down to the wire, by Bernard Ashley, ASH: Ben Maddox is the top on-the-road reporter at Zephon TV.  He breaks the news -and sometimes he makes it… Explosive!
  • The transformation of Minna Hargreaves, by Fleur Beale, BEA : Minna’s has to follow her family on an off-shore island for a year, cut off friends and phones! Worse, the whole venture is to be made into a reality TV series… Award-winner.
  • Katie Milk solves reality TV crimes, by Annie Caulfield, CAU. When reality-TV crew arrive at Katie’s boarding school, it could be her big chance to star on TV! (junior girls)
  • Tiggie Tompson Show series, by Tessa Duder, DUD. Trilogy set in the glamorous world of television.
  • The Fifth Quest, by Debra Oswald, OSW: Rosie is about to be catapulted into a high-powered world of TV making, special effects, TV stars and fame that will test herself and her friendships. 

Contests books

  • Contest, by Matthew Reilly, REI. The rules are simple. Seven contestant will enter, only one will leave and live…
  • Alpha Force Series, by Chris Ryan, RYA : Alpha Force – an – elite five-member squad of young people with special skills and training – sent in various hostile environment to compete in survival contests.
  • A view from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg, KON : 4 students and a paraplegic teacher embark for an Academic Bowl championship… Multi-award winning book.
  • Which Witch, by Eva Ibbotson, IBB : Arriman, the handsome wizard, hosts a black magic contest to find a wife. Junior
  • Slumdog millionaire, by Vikas Swarup, SWA: a poor and abused Indian boy enters a TV quiz…

Dystopian books

  • Juno of Taris, by Fleur Beale, BEA: On Taris, there are many rules governing appearance, behaviour and even procreation. Juno is different, her questions and her reluctance to conform have made her an outsider. Senior
  • Little brother, by Cory Doctorov, DOC: Markus vows to use his formidable technical skills to network teenagers and fight back against the government’s increasingly frightening surveillance system.
  • Neuromancer, by William Gibson GIB: Case is a gifted computer hacker and his skills are hired to save the world from a great danger. Sci-fi in the cyberspace.
  • Declaration series, by Gemma Maley, MAL: set in a world where there is no aging, and no death, new children are a “surplus”, an abomination. And human values take another angle…
  • Chaos Walking series, by Patrick Ness NES: In Todd’s space colony, everyone’s thoughts are heard by everyone… A bleak unputdownable series.

Other thrilling action packed books and series

  • The Medusa Project, by Sophie McKenzie, MCK. Thirteen years ago, Professor William Fox discovered DR6124 – a gene for psychic abilities and managed to implant it in a series of embryos. Now they are teenagers…
  • The Bridge, by Jane Higgins, HIG. There seem to be one world, at war. Is there another world beyond the bridge? Senior
  • Erebos, Ursula Poznanski, POZ :  Nick is given a brilliant computer game called Erebos. The game is highly addictive but asks its players to carry out actions in the real world in order to keep playing online…
Or leave a comment to suggest any other similar book or series that you think should be in this list.

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